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Chobe River Front, Savuti - Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana
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Duration

11 Days / 10 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

CHOBE RIVER FRONT

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. A visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of African wildlife. Visitors can look forward to some exciting activities such as: driving along the game-dotted river banks in a 4WD; cruising along the river in a motorboat, spotting rare birdlife and for a unique, luxury safari experience, hire a houseboat.

SAVUTI – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Savuti, also known as Savute lies in the heart of Botswana’s beautiful Chobe National Park. This dynamic wilderness is a sweeping expanse of savannah brooded over by several rocky outcrops which guard a relic marsh and the dry channel that was once its lifeline. The Savute goes through wet and dry cycles, where wild dogs hunt in the dry river channel where crocodiles swam only twenty years ago. Visitors to this spectacular area can spot abundant wildlife including: a variety of birds, elephants, antelope, lion prides, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, tsessebe, kudu, hyena, cheetah Cape buffalo herds, and thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest.

OKAVANGO DELTA

Situated in the northwestern corner of Botswana, the Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site as it is the largest inland delta in the world. The magnificent Okavango River sprawls out over the dry sands of the Kalahari Desert forming this flourishing waterlogged oasis featuring countless meandering waterways and crystal clear lagoons studded with water lilies, as well as fertile floodplains and reeded islands inhabited with abundant wildlife. The Okavango Delta stretches over 15000 square kilometres. Visitors can enjoy a number of wonderful activities such as game viewing, fishing, bird watching or taking an authentic guided Mokoro excursion through this wetland paradise in a traditional dugout canoe. Commonly spotted animals include: lion, rhino, leopard, giraffe, hippos, elephants, crocodiles and countless species of bird.

MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS

Set in the heart of the dry savanna of northeastern Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Pan is the world’s largest network of salt pans stretching over 3900 square kilometres and formed on the bed of the ancient Makgadikgadi Lake that began evaporating aeons ago. Visiting Makgadikgadi is a unique salt desert experience: in the dry season, this vast expanse of sun-baked salt glistens in the light and when the rains come, the pan is home to a cornucopia of flamingos and other waterbirds, as well as one of Africa’s biggest zebra populations, whose annual migration is a wonder to behold. Visitors can immerse themselves in the stark beauty of this incredible landscape, spot a host of wildlife and enjoy a number of activities including horse riding safaris, game drives, and excellent birdwatching. Other highlights include: quad biking across the vast expanse of dry salt pans or jumping in a helicopter and viewing countless flamingo flocks creating a magnificent pink spectacle dotting the landscape.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO LODGE | CHOBE RIVER FRONT - Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious retreat in the heart of the bush, located on the edge of Chobe National Park, the second largest national park in Botswana, where some 80,000 elephants roam.
  • From the lodge’s hilltop position, guests can enjoy far reaching panoramic views over the Chobe River and floodplain below. The main public area includes a lounge, library and dining room, which are linked to outdoor viewing patios. Guests are able to relax in the split-level swimming pool or unwind with a pampering session in the full service spa complete with a treetop treatment room.
  • BELMOND SAVUTE ELEPHANT LODGE | SAVUTI - CHOBE NATIONAL PARK - Unleash your spirit of adventure at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge. Evoking the feel of a timeless explorers’ lodge, our sustainably designed oasis immerses you in the untamed wilderness of Botswana’s Savute region.
  • Relax in visually calming spaces, filled with rich textures, earthy colours and furniture crafted by local artisans. Watch elephants, hyenas and leopards drink at the watering hole from our new viewing hide. Relax by the serene pool and enjoy African-inspired treatments in the beautiful Spa tent, or gather round inviting firepits to share stories with new friends. After the afternoon’s game drive, an enchanting Boma dining experience awaits by the campfire.
  • ANDBEYOND XARANNA OKAVANGO DELTA CAMP | OKAVANGO DELTA - Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp enjoys luxurious solitude on its own Delta island within a 272 000 hectare (672 125 acre) exclusive wildlife concession. Taking its inspiration from the water lily, Xaranna is a delightful camp with just nine ensuite safari tents that combine canvas and bleached timber. The overall atmosphere of the camp is cool, light and airy, in keeping with the gentle beauty of its environment. The safari tents are organic in design and are delicately decorated in shade of khaki and soft lily pink. Each tent boasts a romantic outdoor sala, private plunge pool, indoor bathtub and al fresco shower. The guest areas are all carefully positioned to maximise the sweeping views out across the channels, with classic Delta tree-line silhouettes. The camp celebrates Botswana’s iconography, with humorous design touches used throughout. The intimate guest sitting area boasts a spacious reading area, perfect for afternoon relaxation. The elevated dining area features shady verandas with mesmerising views leading out onto an open-air boma where exotic candlelit dinners are served beneath the stars.
  • A fully-stocked Safari Shop offers chic outdoor gear, African art and jewellery.
  • JACK'S CAMP | MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS -
  • Jack’s Camp is a beacon of style and comfort in the middle of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. Blending into the oasis of palms, the authentic, 1940’s style tented safari camp, includes a private museum, shop, iconic tea tent and a pool pavilion. Spectacular vistas, creative surprises, expert guiding, old world safari styling and superb cuisine all come together to create an experience that is completely unique. The camp features 7 twin and 3 double tents with en suite bathrooms, as well as indoor and private outdoor showers.
  • Year-round activities include interaction with habituated meerkats, walking with Bushmen guides, game drives, a visit to Chapman's Fallen Baobab, one of the oldest and biggest trees in Africa, bird watching and night drives - all in this unique desert environment. During the dry season activities include quad biking across the salt pans whilst the wet season bears witness to the spectacular zebra and wildebeest migration.

Itinerary

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DAY 1 - 2: CHOBE RIVERFRONT
DAY 1 - 2: CHOBE RIVERFRONT

Upon arrival at Kasane Airport, you will make your way to the arrival hall. From here you and your fellow guests will be driven to Chobe Chilwero Lodge. Soak up the experience during your 2-night stay at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero in a Suite with ensuite bathroom.

Situated in the strikingly beautiful Kasane Forest Reserve, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a sumptuous safari haven that promises spectacular game viewing opportunities and a selection of stunning suites. Guests can unwind in one of the air-conditioned, thatched suites, which offer guests creature comforts such as an ensuite bathroom with an alfresco shower, veranda, and private garden. In addition, the honeymoon suite at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero features a private plunge pool and deck area, as well as a private vehicle and guide for all game viewing activities.

The lodge’s restaurant serves delectable gourmet meals that skilfully blend Western and African ingredients — dishes are accompanied by a vintage wine from the well-stocked cellar. Guests can also relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy one of the library’s books in the cozy sitting room.

Adventures include game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, safari, and sundowner cruises on the river and day trips to Victoria Falls.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO

Take an evening cruise on the Chobe River and marvel at the spectacular sunsets.
Ask about the oh-so soothing Soul of Africa Conditioning body massage!

DAY 3 - 4: SAVUTI - CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
DAY 3 - 4: SAVUTI - CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, you will be transferred from Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge with fellow guests to Kasane Airport for your Scheduled Charter flight to Savute Airstrip. The area is home to the unpredictable and mystical Savute channel. (Approximately 40 minutes). Discover the mysterious Savute Channel during your 2-night stay at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in a Luxury Tent with ensuite bathroom

Situated on the banks of the Savute Channel in the heart of the world-famous Chobe National Park, Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge offers a magnificent bird-eye view of elephants in their natural habitat. Belmond Savute Elephant Camp consists of spacious tents situated on raised wooden decks under thatch with ensuite bathrooms, dressing areas, and his and hers vanity units.

The tents also feature private viewing decks and outdoor sitting rooms with hammocks and a ceiling fan. Personal bars, hairdryers, private outdoor showers, four-poster beds complete with mosquito netting, in-room safes, as well as airconditioning add to guest delight. The camp also boasts an inviting swimming pool. WHAT

WE LOVE ABOUT BELMOND SAVUTE ELEPHANT LODGE

Keep your camera on hand to capture shots of a pride of lions that often frequents the camp.
See the ancient San rock paintings.
Order your favorite sundowner and unwind on the deck overlooking the Savute Channel — often visited by herds of elephant

DAY 5 - 7: OKAVANGO DELTA
DAY 5 - 7: OKAVANGO DELTA

Enjoy a short game drive to Savute airstrip for your scheduled Charter Flight to Xaranna airstrip. The area offers an exclusive experience to discover the wonder and magic of this extraordinary ecosystem (Approximately 40 minutes). Put your feet up during your 3-night stay at andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp in a Safari Tent with an indoor bathtub and alfresco shower, sala, and private plunge pool.

Perfectly positioned within an exclusive 25 000 hectare wilderness concession, andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp boasts breathtaking views out over a permanent channel of the Okavango Delta. The overall atmosphere of the Camp is cool, light, and airy, in keeping with its gentle geographic location on the Delta. The nine sleek ensuite safari tents are organic in design with a combination of canvas and bleached timber, delicately decorated in shades of fatigue (khaki), and soft lily pink.

Each tent boasts a romantic sala, private plunge pool, indoor bathtub, and alfresco shower. The guest areas are all positioned carefully to maximize the sweeping views out across the channels. The intimate guest sitting area boasts a spacious reading area, perfect for afternoon relaxation. The elevated dining area features shady verandas with mesmerizing views leading out onto an open-air boma, where exotic candlelit dinners are served under the stars. A fully-stocked Safari Shop offers chic safari gear, African art, and jewelry.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT ANDBEYOND XARANNA OKAVANGO DELTA CAMP

Staying at Xaranna Okavango delta camp will afford you a chance to experience a breathtaking mokoro ride which is normally concluded by a wet leg drink stop in the middle of the delta. (Seasonal - dependent on water levels)
Have a picnic lunch delivered to your suite and enjoy it whilst sitting on the top step of your private plunge pool.
Venture to the end of the jetty to gaze at the magnificent star-studded sky skies, and ask your guide for a fascinating stargazing session.
Add some creamy Amarula to your porridge to kick start your morning. In chilly winter months relish homemade porridge around the roaring fire and watch the blazing sunrise.
Indulge in a deeply relaxing massage next to your glimmering private pool at your sala.
Embark on a fascinating tour of the solar power plant, and learn about our cutting edge technology in the middle of the Delta.
Take to the skies on a scenic helicopter flight, arguably one of the best ways to see the Delta from a different perspective.

DAY 8 - 10: MAKGADIKGADI SAL PANS
DAY 8 - 10: MAKGADIKGADI SAL PANS

Enjoy a game drive to Xaranna Airstrip for your scheduled charter flight to Maun International Airport. Savor the views of the sparkling lagoons and palm tree islands as you fly over this water wonderland for one last time (Approximately 25 minutes). Upon arrival at Maun International Airport you will be assisted to your scheduled charter flight to Tsigaro Airstrip in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, then a game drive transfer to Jack’s Camp. Explore the Makgadikgadi Pans during your 3-night stay at Jack's Camp in a Tent with an ensuite bathroom

The charming Jack’s Camp is surrounded by the vast and pristine landscapes of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Reminiscent of a traditional East African, 1940s safari camp, this spectacular retreat offers seven twin and three double canvas tents, all of which are spacious, stylish, and embellished in textiles from India. Each tent features a lovely ensuite bathroom, with an indoor and alfresco shower, and a private veranda.

Enjoy the warmth of the wood-burning Morso stove, the coolness of the overhead bed cooling system, and beautiful natural history cabinets. Relax on your private veranda overlooking the Makgadikgadi that includes a sparkling plunge pool, a glorious respite from the heat. Be spoilt for choice with the best in comfort food, and as you dine enjoy overlooking the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Kalahari. Sit back and relax in the iconic, nomadic Persian tea tent.

Fascinating natural history cabinets, drinks chest, and antique pool table are available for your pleasure in the new larger mess tent. Soak in the sun on the spacious sun deck and make a splash in the swimming pool. Lose yourself in a good book in the comfortable sitting room and browse the variety of titles in the African-themed library. Treat yourself to wellness therapies in the dedicated spa tent, and peruse the shop brimming with treasures. Adventures on offer are morning walks and game drives, quad biking to the Makgadikgadi Pan (a relic of one of the world’s largest super lakes), and interactions with Bushmen.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT JACK'S CAMP

Have some fun as you get up close and personal with playful meerkats on the Meerkat Adventure
Spending time walking and interacting with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen gaining insight into their ancient culture
Quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans (dry season only)
Experiencing the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest – the second biggest in Africa and the last remaining in Southern Africa (wet season only)

DAY 11: DAY OF DEPARTURE
DAY 11: DAY OF DEPARTURE

After breakfast enjoy a game drive to Tsigaro Airstrip for your scheduled charter flight back to Maun International Airport for your onward arrangements.

Included/Excluded

  • 10 night's Accommodation
  • All Meal
  • Scheduled charter flights and transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Park fees
  • Local brand drinks where specified (premier brands to own account)
  • Laundry where specified
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Administration fee
  • Flight to and from Maun & Kasane
  • Visa requirements
  • Premium drinks
  • All items of a personal nature

Durations

Multi day

Tour's Location

Chobe River Front, Savuti - Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana

FAQs

NOTES
No single supplements apply.
Low and High season rates may apply for 2021 and 2020.
Rates for 2021 on request.
The operator may reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.
Single traveler supplement and child rates will be quoted on request.
Validity periods are as specified above; should a booking fall over two rate periods the rate will change and we reserve the right to re-quote.
**T’s & C’s apply. Deposits & Cancellations Policies are contingent on THOSE provided by suppliers (i.e. lodges, transfer companies, airlines etc.) and are subject to change without prior notice.**
CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY
55-49 days: 50% refund of payment EXCLUDING non-refundable deposit.
48-42 days: 25% refund of payment EXCLUDING non-refundable deposit.
41 days or less: 0% refund of payment EXCLUDING non-refundable deposit.
In case of NO SHOW on the date of tour departure, the client forfeits 100% of the total payment.
Covid cancellation policies will be advised upon enquiry.
DEPOSITS
10% Non-refundable deposit required to secure booking.
Balance of deposits are dependent on THOSE required by suppliers and advised to client upon enquiry.

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